Man arrested in connection with Dollar General robbery in Marion County

Another man still at large

McINTOSH, Fla. – One man was arrested and another is still at large after the armed robbery of a Dollar General in Marion County that left employees bound with duct tape, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. 

Two men entered the McIntosh Dollar General around 10:30 p.m. Monday wearing dark clothing, masks and armed with handguns, authoritie said. Deputies said they demanded money from the two employees, threatening to kill them if they didn't comply. 

The men used duct tape to tie the two employees' hands and feet, then took their cellphones so they couldn't call for help and fled with the cash, according to a news release.

Deputies arrived at the scene and a K-9 tracked and found a black duffel bag filled with money. Deputies found a vehicle about 300 yards from the Dollar General with 19-year-old Tranquail Lamont Fort in the front seat. He was naked, sweating profusely and had vomited on himself, deputies said.

Clothing was found in and near Fort's vehicle that matched the clothing worn during the armed robbery, the release said. 

When questioned, Fort told detectives he had driven from Gainesville where he was visiting a woman but had gotten ill from taken a Xanax so he pulled over on the shoulder of the road to rest, the arrest affidavit.  

Fort is charged with robbery with a firearm, two counts of kidnapping-false imprisonment, possession of a weapon by a Florida delinquent and tampering with or harassing a witness.

The other accused robber has not been found.

Dollar General stores in Marion County have been repeatedly targeted during the past month. Read more about that here

Detectives are working to determine whether Monday's armed robbery is connected to the other Dollar General robberies. 

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